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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2010 14:39:55 BDT
My daughter who is 11 says "Alone on a Wide Wide Sea" by Michael Morpurgo is the best book for an 11 year old that you could ever read. Also the whole series of "Fab New Confessions of Georgia Nicholson" by Louise Rennison for something more girlie.

Posted on 3 Jun 2010 11:39:28 BDT
Colin says:
My oldest daughter is 10. The last couple of books that she really really enjoyed were Wolf Notes by Lari Don and Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I can't be bothered with the latter but I read the former and really enjoyed it too.

Posted on 1 Jun 2010 20:40:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2010 20:41:48 BDT
Cadi says:
Hi there,

As an 18 year old girl, it really wasn't *that* long ago that I was eleven, and if your daughter is anything like I was... (constantly with a book, and loved reading - when can find books of interest!) then there are a couple of things I would definitely recommend:

Eva Ibbotson, starting with "Journey to the River Sea"

Tamora Pierce, the "Song of the Lioness" series is really good and I read it when I was about her age.. the first book is "Alanna the First Adventure"

My older brother absolutely adored Terry Pratchett's books, personally I didn't like them so much, but worth a try to see if she does..

Meg Cabot is definitely good for an "easy" read, but I would say, that even if she adores them (I know I did!) make sure they aren't the only books she reads.. as they are very simply "easy reads" and I know I benefited a lot from reading books which were slightly more challenging.

On that note, whilst Twilight is what at my age I would consider light reading, for younger girls, particularly the age of your daughter, it should be absolutely fine.. Only note of warning is that whilst it mostly stays a way from "mature" themes, if your daughter isn't yet that knowledgeable or comfortable with the idea of sex in relationships.. then maybe it would be best to wait a little longer before reading Twilight as that theme is one of the issues between the two main characters (However, only an idea discussed in the book, no graphic scenes at all and Stephenie Meyer does it very tastefully)

Garth Nix is also great - Particularly recommend the "Abhorsen Chronicles" which is three books: Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. I really loved them, and although it is "Fantasy", unlike some of Terry Pratchetts books, I found it much easier to get into them as the main character was female! (which i think really helps!)

Definitely also recommend Alison Croggin, "The Books of Pellinor" - (The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing)

Judy Blume is an absolute classic for girls all the way from pre-teen until whenever really! (My best friend only just started reading a couple of her books, and still found them brilliant!) They are really great, down-to-earth books that deal with a lot of issues/worries for girls growing up and at the same time are very entertaining!

Georgia Nicholson, whilst quite fun and amusing, the whole series is comprised of really rather short books which are all unfortunately rather "samey". But my younger cousin adores them, so maybe your daughter will too!

The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horrowitz is also good..

Can't think of much more at the moment, but top of the list for interesting but more girly books, probably Eva Ibbotson (who has tons of great books!), Tamora Pierce(if she likes that genre), Alison Croggin, Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, and probably the Twilight Saga as well (by Stephenie Meyer).

Hope thats been of some help, and your daughter finds something she likes to read soon!
(If you're still stuck, a trip to the local library is also worth it -as who knows.. maybe she'll find loads there!)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2010 17:17:20 BDT
I'm 62 but have revived my intention to finish John Masefield's "The Midnight Folk". which featured on BBC's children's hour in the late '50s. I missed the last episode (playing outside, as you could in those days), even though it was one of the choices as most-popular programme and replayed in the summer. Anyway, it was good and so, too, was The Box of Delights (same hero) which was dramatised by BBGC television in the '80s. My children were rivetted by it. try both of them - early fantasy.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2010 20:02:59 BDT
Adam Walker says:
I would seriously recommend the 'Ember' series .The City of Ember

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2010 17:11:54 BDT
Ann Isik says:
Well she's 11 and she's changing. I'd suggest you find out what she's doing now she's not reading and then work out how to use that in a positive way.

Posted on 31 May 2010 15:27:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 May 2010 15:29:59 BDT
Lee says:
I have the same problem with my son, he mostly reads the dictionary so I make him regularly read other books I choose to me each night and he ends up enjoying them but won't pick up another himself. I thought I would have the same problem with my neice so started her with Judy Blume books then Jostein Gaarder (author of Sophie's World but think this one is for older than eleven) whose books are philosophical and make the readers think. Although the characters in most of his books are aged under 9 or between 12-15, I would recommend 'The Solitaire Mystery', and also 'Inkheart' by Cornelia Funke and Paula Danziger's 'P.S. Longer Letter Later'.

Let us know how you get on.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 May 2010 20:56:47 BDT
M. Lee says:
I know this sounds very old fashioned, but my 11-year old - also into Hannah Montana, iCarly etc - absolutely loved the 'Adventure' series by Enid Blyton. She also adores Jacqueline Wilson (I vet the ones with slightly older themes) and Judy Blume, and has just finished the Terry Pratchett 'Truckers/Diggers/Wings' trilogy that her brother bought her for her birthday. She wants to read the Twilight books but I'm saying no, so she resorted to Harry Potter, and is now hooked on him having raced through the first two in less than a week. Current favourites also include Greenwitch (Susan Cooper), the Flambards series (KM Peyton), and the Redwall stories (Brian Jacques). She liked Little Women too, so maybe your daughter would enjoy some of the 'classics' - Amazon sell a boxed set of Penguin Classics that went down well in our house. Hope you find some new auhtors she enjoys

Posted on 19 May 2010 11:54:19 BDT
Jean Ure has been given Natashas' "royal" seal of approval. She's on her 4th Jean Ure book since I posted for help. Thank you for all your suggestions I've put some on my wish list for the future. She regularly tells me something "hilarious" that she's just read and is reading more than I've seen her do in a v long time. :0)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2010 14:32:25 BDT
S. Cotton says:
I too have a girly 11 year old who loves Eva Ibbotson - Journey to the River Sea,The Beasts of Clawstone Castle, Vivian French - The Robe of Skulls, Rachel Renee Russell - Dork Diaries. Knife, Rebel are good too. Maybe she will like factual books now - try your local library.

Posted on 6 May 2010 15:11:50 BDT
G. Buchanan says:
She might enjoy the Nicholas Flamel books by Michael Scott, plus I was also thinking Anne Frank like another writer above. Also worth trying Pride and Prejudice or some of the other Jane Austen/Charlotte Bronte books, plenty of girl stuff there and Jane Eyre certainly isn't boring!

Posted on 1 May 2010 21:22:45 BDT
kenyasue says:
You know what " Ruth Manning Sanders" these books are wonderful stories with morals , really romantic and at the same times scary. We have not been able to find any out of print, i am sure your daughter will enjoy the word-magic and beautiful illustrations for any age.

best wishes


Posted on 1 May 2010 19:55:38 BDT
Mojo147 says:
Skulduggery pleasant by Derek Landy is fantastic plus it's won awards.

Posted on 1 May 2010 19:50:31 BDT
C. Rucroft says:
Try the 'Mates Dates' series by Cathy Hopkins. Very girly series x

Posted on 1 May 2010 19:27:16 BDT
shania twain says:
ring of hell by matthew randazzo V

Posted on 30 Apr 2010 16:57:17 BDT
N. Andrews says:
My daughter is older than 11 but she loved the Harry Potter books. She also loved the Babysitters Club books. I also can't recommend highly enough the Judy Blume books (which I enjoyed myself at age 11). There are also some classics which your daughter will love:
"Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" - a lovable "tail" about a mother mouse desperate to save her home who enlists the aid of a group of super-smart rats
"Where the Red Fern Grows" - about a boy in the American countryside and a very special dog. I read this about 30 times and each time I cried!
"Island of the Blue Dolphins" - About a heroic young girl who manages against all odds to survive on her own
"A Wrinkle in Time" - Meg and her brother Charles enlist the aid of the mysterious Mrs Who, Mrs Whatsit and Mrs Which to rescue their father.
And I know this sounds weird, but seriously, the entire "Wizard of Oz" series by L Frank Baum. There are differences between the first book and the famous movie with Judy Garland! The adventures of Dorothy as she returns to Oz and makes new friends are fabulous. She'll love reading about Pumpkinhead and flying around on a sofa!
All of these are available here on amazon and should be available in most any public library.

Posted on 28 Apr 2010 22:47:01 BDT
C. J. Lefley says:
My 10 year old daughter loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Also Judy Blume, Roald Dahl and is about to start on the Percy Jackson series, which is highly recommended by her 13 year old sister....

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2010 07:25:48 BDT
L. Davies says:
LW says:

Hi Samantha,

I would recommend something new and different: tales of heroism and adventure where a girl about your daughter's age gets involved in the mythical world of the Djinn. Sea Djinn and Fire Djinn by Linda Davies are hugely enjoyed by girls and boys. I must confess here that I am the author! But here's an objective source for you - Teen Librarian -

`The description of sand, sea and surf made me long for the ocean...Sea Djinn hooked me!
Mixing mythic encounters into contemporary life is not a new concept but Linda Davies has created something special here, adding in human greed and intrigue as well as ecological awareness into a fast-paced adventure no part of the story feels forced or false. The characters are fleshed out through the book and even the (human) villains are more than two-dimensional caricatures that often populate YA books as foils for the heroes. The twists in the story are artfully done and I did not see them coming until they were happening. The sense of the fantastic is present throughout the book but magic never comes to dominate the story instead it is the humanity of the protagonists (mortal, animal and mystical) that shines through and leads the story. I loved it and am eagerly awaiting Fire Djinn.'

Happy reading,


Sea Djinn

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2010 21:00:29 BDT
light says:
meg cabot books especially the princess diaries are loved by young teens - pink girly covers, romance, ordinary girl finds out she is a princess (my reluctant 11 year old quite likes these)
Her older sister who loves reading also liked these:
If she likes magic and fantasy I would recommend Diana Wynne Jones
For a new take on old fairytales try Enna Burning or the Thousand days by Shannon Hale
the Sirens quartet by Julia Golding
Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan
Would she like graphic novels - Nancy Drew has been redone in comic/manga book style
Cathy Cassidy also has a popular series for girls

Posted on 19 Apr 2010 16:36:36 BDT
Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

DEFINITELY encourage her to read Judy Blume books, starting with 'Are you there God? it's me Margaret'. Although written a good few years back, the issues explored in her books are timeless told in a cringy but somehoe endearing way due to the fact that the subjects are things most girls will go through.

Posted on 18 Apr 2010 21:02:40 BDT
V. Bowe says:
Recommendation is anything by Roald Dahl. You can never be to old to observe his brilliance in encouraging all children including adults to be "sparky".

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